Tag Archives: Loons

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Color, Reflections, and Things that Fly

Finally got back on the lake this morning after a long absence.  The lake was very flat making for some interesting reflections and easy kayaking. I’ll start with color.  Yes, the color is starting to change up here.  Not very widespread, yet, but you can see it coming. Although the sky was quite overcast when we started, the sun did finally come out, leaving some […]

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Calm Waters

We went for an evening paddle yesterday with a good friend.  She hadn’t been out in a couple weeks and, actually, neither had we.  The breeze was dying down and the water was getting calmer.  A great evening for a paddle. We were pleased to see the pair of loons out.     We chased this kingfisher down the shoreline until it decided to fly back […]

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Back to the Lake

We made it back to the lake last weekend.  It is so good to see all the familiar sights of the lake; the birds, turtles, snakes, water lilies, and all the rest. This post covers three trips to the lake spread over about a week. Click on any image to enlarge it. First up, turtles. The turtles are abundant this year, but some mornings there […]

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Finally on the Lake

We were finally able to get our kayaks in the lake.  The sun was warm and the water was pretty calm.  We got out Monday evening and again Wednesday morning.  I’ve got lots to share. We found a green-winged teal standing on a downed branch.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one up here.  They are described as “Small blotchy duck.  Breeding males have a […]

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More Lake Photos

We got out on the lake for an evening kayak the other evening.  Here’s a few pictures. Although we have seen loons on the lake, we don’t often see a loon in flight.  One flew in from behind us and was quickly out of sight. A pair of loons was fishing near the south end of the lake.  We watched as they dove and resurfaced. […]

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Highlights from the Lake

It has been a while since I’ve posted any photos from the lake.  Here are some of the highlights from the week or so. Last week I took an evening paddle.  I no more than got started and I looked up into the tall pines near us and saw this beautiful bald eagle.  It was quite content to sit there while I took pictures.  It […]

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Birds and Turtles (for Barb)

We got out on the lake a week ago (sorry I’m slow at posting these) and saw more birds and turtles, no snakes. It was a good morning to see turtles.  These were on the point across from OCC. These were at the south end of the lake near the Horton Creek inlet.  I think this is a personal record, 18 turtles in one image. […]

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A Calm Morning on the Lake

Thursday morning, July 5.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.  I am constantly surprised by how quiet Duck Lake can be.  After all, it is the week of 4th of July, we have a state park on the lake, and it is an all-sport lake.  Yet, at 9:00 in the morning there were only a very few fishing boats and two kayaks, […]

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Photos from Jane Shoup

Jane, our neighbor across the lake, has been taking photos of the loons the last week or so.  As some of you know, Mamma Loon had been on the nest at the south end of the lake.  Well, it looks like her efforts paid off.  This was taken about 6/21. The next day while near the north end of the lake, she saw another Mamma, […]

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Fall Colors and Fall Loons

Finally, we have decent fall color at the lake.  Got out in the kayak this morning and were not disappointed.  Although not at its peak, the color is very nice.  Here are some examples. At the south end of the lake, just to the west of Horton Creek. Point just south of OCC The  OCC Shoreline. In addition to the fall color, we three loons.  […]

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